GoalsOnTrack Blog

A systematic approach to achieving goals and getting results.

3 Reasons to Do the Toughest Thing First


By Ian Newby-Clark

If you’re like me and most folks in today’s busy hurly-burly world, you always have a lot to do. It’s a symptom of modern living and it’s hard to escape. Although I think the pre-modern folks were probably fairly busy too . . .

Of course, there are things to do and then there are THINGS TO DO. There are things that you’d like to do, things that you should probably do, and things that you absolutely must do.

But what to do first? Read more

The 5 Golden Rules of Goal-Setting

By Jeffrey Hayzlett

As entrepreneurs, we dream of being our own boss, breaking away from corporate restrictions and pursuing our passion as a business venture. We work long hours, often sacrificing family time and other obligations to do what we feel is in our blood. Being an entrepreneur isn’t for everyone, but once we start on that journey, we’re not turning back – no matter how bumpy the road gets. Read more

A Strategy To Really, Truly Reach Your Goal

By Unstuck

Stuck Moment: After a few weeks of gung-ho enthusiasm, we’re tempted to slip back into old habits and give up our resolutions.

You have to admire the enthusiasm that washes over us every January. It’s like we’re scrubbed shiny-clean with aspiration to make our lives better. Plus, we know we’re not the only ones trying to shed holiday pounds or master Twitter or finally launch a new business — giving us a nice boost from the camaraderie department.

Sometimes fresh zeal and plenty of company are enough to reach the finish line. But, not usually. This is a big “but,” because when we fall short, it’s easy to blame our willpower or circumstance, and be done with it.  “Okay,” we say. “I’m too tired at night to cook, so it’s another year of ordering takeout. I can afford it. Sort of.” Sigh.

Not okay, because we haven’t given ourselves a decent run at it. Achieving a goal is not simply a matter of grin-and-bear-it endurance. Actually, it’s the opposite of that. Read more

How to Stay On Track for Your Goals

By Ali Luke

What big goals do you have at the moment? Perhaps you’re trying to lose weight, get fit, write a book, redecorate the house, or start your own business. Maybe you’re tackling several different goals all at once.

Often, it’s easy to feel motivated and inspired at the start of a new goal: we start new diets on Mondays, or begin new years’ resolutions on January 1st, and things go smoothly for a few days. Sadly, that initial enthusiasm soon wanes – and it’s easy to end up abandoning our goals.

Here’s how you can stay on track with your goals, whatever they are: Read more

Believing In Yourself Is The Foundation For Success

By Tom Black

“My mother taught me very early to believe I could achieve any accomplishment I wanted to.  The first was to walk without braces.” —Wilma Rudolph (four time Olympic gold medalist in track and field)

This week I want to talk about belief.  Again and again I see the most successful people in all professions, especially sales, begin with a basic belief that they can achieve success.  It seems that what the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

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The 7 Most Influential Self-Help Books of All Time


By Amy Reilly

Each year, publishers inundate us with new self-help books promising to teach us how to be better: better parents, better spouses, better workers, better organizers, better everything! It’s enough to make the head spin. However, every so often a self-help book rises to the top and morphs into something of a cultural phenomenon. These winners often spawn a school of wannabes and lookalikes (bookalikes?), but the originals retain something special. Here are seven self-help books that were groundbreakers in their day, and have stood the test of time. Make sure you also don’t forget to read these iconic books.
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Why ‘This’ Before ‘That’ Matters If You Want to Achieve Your Goals

By Dave Fleming

It was a beautiful crisp June morning at the Grand Canyon. The sun beckoned a new day as my wife and I took our first steps down the winding path. Because we had one day to explore, we decided to descend the canyon for two hours before ascending to sightsee by car. As we began our descent, scores of hikers—sometimes in groups of 10 or more—made their way down the iconic pathways. Needless to say, the energy on the way down was electric. Strangers laughed and talked with each other. A few groups even sang to enhance the moment. Many hikers were decked out in new clothes from their favorite outdoor apparel stores. The descent was filled with a holiday-like cheer.

When my wife and I began our ascent, and because we are in relatively good physical shape, we regularly passed other hikers. Many of them displayed a significantly different mood. The feeling of cheer had evaporated and dispositions were muted, to say the least. There were no cheery greetings or songs. Some people barked quick hellos in between heavy breathing; some bore a look of agony; most were simply silent. Read more

5 Daily Habits of Highly Successful People

By Kimanzi Constable

We all know that habits can either help or hurt your success in life. Bad habits can fester and grow into a lifestyle that takes you away from the things you want to do—and good habits can help you create a life that’s full of action and accomplishment.

If you were to look at someone you respect, someone who’s successful, you would see that they spend each day doing the things that help them accomplish their biggest goals. This isn’t to say they’re perfect—because no one is—but despite the things that are not perfect in their lives, they continue to make moves that have a positive impact. And it starts with their daily habits.

Now, while we can all study successful habits, it’s meaningless if we don’t implement that knowledge. So here are five daily habits of highly successful people—habits you can adopt to create the life you truly want to live: Read more

The 3 Best Ways to Find Joy in Everything You Do

By Lidiya K

Daily life doesn’t need to be boring, your work shouldn’t be dreadful, life is not meant to be lived in the future where ‘the next big thing’ or your holiday (escape from reality) is.

It’s the little things that matter.

It’s every single action you take in the day, every small talk, every song you hear and picture you see, every cup of coffee you drink and free minute you have, that is the essence of life.

And your job is to find great pleasure in such activities. Read more

You’re Probably Wrong About Goal Setting

By John D. Moore

As a life coach, I’m always working with clients on their goals. It’s kind of our thing. Good coaches have a full, big toolbox to help you create important goals, get into action, and stick with them.

If you’ve done any personal development work, you have gotten hammered with the need for written, well-formed goals: “Write stuff down, or you’ll never achieve it. Make your goals time-bound and specific. Your goals must be achievable . . .”

All of that is fantastic and I will work my butt off to help my clients do or achieve whatever is important to them. However, I’ll share a secret: I’m less interested in the achievement that comes from their reaching the goal than I am in their personal transformation in the process. The side effects of setting great goals and going for them are often larger than the benefits of the goals themselves. Read more

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